J.K. Rowling’s first spell — becoming a billionaire by masquerading as a man

What’s changed since Mary Anne Evans wrote under the pseudonym George Elliot more than a century ago? Not a lot.

J.K. Rowling is celebrating the publication of her first Harry Potter book 20 years ago on June 26, 1997 and thanked her fans on Twitter. But as she told this BBC Television interviewer, her publishers advised her against putting “Joanne Rowling” on the book jacket. (Similarly, Rowling’s follow-up detective novel to her Harry Potter series was under the pen name “Robert Galbraith.)

“That was the publisher’s choice rather than mine,” she said. “I think they thought J.K. Rowling was a more memorable name .

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